Demonstration (How to use MI/LSin class effectively)The lesson chosen for demonstration is Chapter 1 – Neighborhoods, Cities, and Towns from Gold Edition Interactions access “Reading and Writing.”
Using Spatial, Interpersonal andBodily- Kinesthetic Intelligences.Since the lesson is titled Neighborhoods, Cities and Towns, after doing the first 2 pages with them the teacher could divide the class into three groups and send them on a field trip for data collection asking them to come back with written or oral or PowerPoint presentations for discussion.1. One group would collect data on a neighborhood in Jazan to be presented in writing.2. A second group would collect data on “old Jazan” when Jazan was only a town. (Ex. Places like Souk Dhakhlee) The data would be on PowerPoint.3. A third group would collect data on the modern city of Jazan (airports, shopping malls, university, colleges) for speaking and discussion.
Using Spatial, Interpersonal andBodily- Kinesthetic Intelligences 2.During the field trip those with these 3 intelligences will naturally take the lead and feel satisfied. The interpersonal intelligence will help them decide what roles they assume in the groups.The others will have these intelligences strengthened.Meanwhile they are also exercising problem solving skills, critical thinking skills and doing a kind of preliminary experiential hands on learning (Learning by doing).This also prepares them for the “Reading an Article” section in the lesson.
Summing up and discussion basedon the field trip.In the next class the students present their findings.Then they have a discussion on it.The PowerPoint will appeal to the visual learners.The written piece and making the PowerPoint will appeal to the verbal linguistic and visual and bodily- kinesthetic learners.Speaking and discussion will appeal to the verbal linguistic and bodily-kinesthetic learner.Now they are ready to enter the lesson.
Mathematical Intelligence.Since this lesson deals with vocabulary like population, density, percentages, numbers; it becomes possible to use those with more Mathematical Intelligence to help those with less of it.This will happen while doing the exercises on pages 5 to 9.The teacher can use the Mathematical Intelligence to increase the knowledge of the language in this section.
Musical intelligence.While teaching cities in the same section one could play a song. This would be a hook for those who are of a musical bent of mind.Listen to this song.**** City Blues by 13AD. (play till 1.33)The lyrics speak of change, steel and concrete growing all around, garbage , lots of people, machines all around and other problems cities face.This could lead to discussion on Jazan, linking back to the initial Monster Cities Section, plus work as a meaningful intro to the cities section in the text book.
Audio-visual Intelligence.While doing part 2: Reading Skills and Strategies on Neighborhoods(Pages 9 to 14), the teacher could use audio-visual materials like videos.This would cater to those who have audio-visual intelligence in learning language skills and improving their language skills.An example is this video clip.
Intrapersonal Intelligence.While doing part 3: Maps (Practical English)the student should, by now , find a gain in self -awareness and confidence resulting in him doing the exercises without much difficulty, thereby exhibiting Intrapersonal Intelligence.
Naturalistic Intelligence.It may not be possible to cover all the intelligences in one lesson.In Chapter 1 for example till now we have covered only 7 intelligences because Chapter 1 offers scope only for the use of 7 intelligences in learning language.In the other lessons the combination may be different. The naturalistic intelligence may come in and one or two others may be left out.
Summing up.Using multiple intelligences in teaching language will definitely enhance learning not to mention that it will make learning much more interesting and enjoyable for the students.A lesson taught in this way has more of a chance of achieving the learning objectives given in the beginning of the book accompanying each chapter.
References.Interactions Access: Textbook ,McGraw Hill.Essay on Multiple Intelligences of Howard Gardner http://www.wereurope.org/en/program/chess-in- school/howard-gardners-multiple-intelligencies.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foh_nPjdrUYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTie7j97EsUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgHfzIkXZU8